Amazon recently launched their flagship tablet that is also perfect for budget conscious people. The Kindle Fire HD has recently hit the market at $199 for their 16 GB Tablet to match the Google Nexus 7’s 8 Gb tablet. The Fire HD gives us an interesting look at an Android tablet that is more Amazon than Android in reality.
Let us check the good and the bad of the Kindle Fire HD:
Kindle Fire HD: the Good
The Kindle Fire HD sports a 7 inch screen with 1280×800 resolution, which is the same as the Nexus 7. But that is where the similarity ends. The no gap lamination technique and anti-glare technology makes for a more pleasant read when browsing the web and most especially when reading eBooks.
This tablet is built for multimedia consumption and that is evident on the screen and the stereo speakers on the left and right edges of the tablet. Videos, music, and audio books are all played in relatively great and clear quality.
The Kindle Fire HD has a dual core TI OMAP4460 CPU that runs Android 4 ICS OS. The OS skin is heavily tied to different Amazon services. Speed wise, it is able to handle most tasks thrown at it, from HD movies to heavy browsing. There are some lag instances but it is something common to most Android devices.
If you love entertainment and are a fan of Amazon’s extensive catalogue, then you are going to love the Kindle Fire HD. The tablet is incredibly tied up with Amazon’s ecosystem of online stores. This includes Kindle eBooks, Amazon MP3s and Amazon Video on Demand. Members of Amazon’s Prime Service will also be treated to additional video content and eBooks from the Lending Library.
Amazon also expanded on their X-Ray features more behind the scenes from various movies and additional analysis of some of your favorite books. Book lovers will also fall in love with Amazon’s WhisperSync System as it allows users to go back and forth between text and audio forms of some eBooks. The same system also allows gamers to save their progress anytime.
Parents are also given a tool that allows them to control how much time their kids spend online or at least on the tablet with FreeTime.
As long as it is an Amazon product, the Kindle Fire HD is the best tool to access it.
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Kindle Fire HD: the Bad
Exclusive to Amazon
As said above, the tablet is heavily tied to Amazon. But it doesn’t end there. Kindle Fire HD is a closed system. So if you are looking forward to playing games like MineCraft or if you need a certain business app like RingCentral on your tablet, then this is not for you. Like Kindle Fire, the Play Store will not be accessible and it will not let you run any of Google’s proprietary apps. Though it is likely that the apps you want will eventually find its way to Amazon, it will always be a step behind Android.
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The Kindle Fire HD is a great tablet especially for its price (16 Gb for $199). However, it is catered more for people who love media and entertainment. If you want the usual Android apps, then you will surely be disappointed with the exclusivity to Amazon.